Tongue Problems Directory
It can be very uncomfortable when you experience tongue problems. Most conditions are not serious, though some tongue problems can be a sign of oral cancer or other more serious problems. Leukoplakia, thrush, and lichen planus are characterized by white patches on the tongue. A red tongue can be a sign of geographic tongue, scarlet fever, Kawasaki syndrome, or a vitamin deficiency. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how tongue problems are caused, what they look like, symptoms of various tongue problems, and much more.
Tongue Problem Basics
WebMD examines common tongue problems such as soreness, discoloration, and bumps on the tongue.
Oral Health and Leukoplakia
Leukoplakia, or white and gray patches inside the mouth, may be caused by irritation. Or, the condition may be a sign of oral cancer. Learn more from WebMD about how leukoplakia is treated.
WebMD explains a fissured tongue, its causes, and conditions where it's more common.
What Is Black Hairy Tongue?
WebMD explains what black hairy tongue is, its characteristics, causes, and treatments.
Slideshows & Images
The Tongue (Human Anatomy): Picture, Function, Definition, Problems, and More
WebMD's Tongue Anatomy Page provides a detailed picture and definition of the tongue as well as an overview of its function and location in the body. Also learn about conditions, test, and procedures that may affect the tongue.
The Science Behind Weird Body Quirks
Who hasn't had an ice cream brain freeze, or been awakened by the pain of a charley horse? What's behind these weird body quirks, anyway? Find out.
17 Oral Health & Mouth Problems
Sores, painful gums, bad breath -- what’s going on in your mouth? Found out with our slideshow of the most common mouth problems.